Submitted to the San Francisco Chronicle, August 25, 2015
It is a good idea to delay the California high school exit exam ("Exit Exam reprieve gets California lawmakers’ OK," August 24). It is a better idea to drop it altogether.
Study after study confirms that state exit exams serve no useful purpose: they do not provide short-benefits, such as increased learning, or long-term benefits, such as increased college attendance or higher employment.
Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California
Review of research: Holme, J., Richards, M., Jimerson, J., and Cohen, R. 2010. Assessing the effects of high school exit examinations. Review of Educational Research 80 (4): 476-526.
Original article: http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/Lawmakers-vote-to-suspend-Exit-Exam-for-2015-6462980.php